Russian News… (01/13/2011)

Russia considers reciprocal START amendments:
The Russian State Duma plans to tie the ratification of the START treaty with the US plans to develop the global anti-missile defense and allow Russia to quit the agreement in case such defense starts being developed…

Moscow allows rally in memory of slain football fan:
The Moscow authorities have authorized a peaceful rally on January 15 to commemorate the death of football fan Yegor Sviridov…

Opposition leader’s arrest legitimate – court:
A court in Moscow has confirmed that the arrest of the opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was sentenced to 15 days in jail for disobeying police, was legal…

Anna Chapman to solve world’s mysteries on TV:
Anna Chapman, the most notable participant in the recent espionage scandal, is set to host a new show on Russia’s RenTV channel. The program “Secrets of the world with Anna Chapman” will be launched within the channel’s…

Report on Kaczynski’s plane crash gets mixed reaction in Poland:
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has cut short his holidays to return to Poland on Thursday and study the Russian committee’s report on the reasons for Lech Kaczynski’s jet crash…

Banned light bulbs sell like hot cakes:
Eco-friendly alternatives do not seem to catch on in Russia – despite the recent ban on 100-watt bulbs, citizens are set to stay with their beloved source of light, buying the remaining items in stocks…

Russian drivers back on the right path:
New anti-alcohol laws have proven effective, with a significant drop in the number of road violations and drunk-driving cases over the first weeks of the year…

S. Korean man arrested for “tweeting” praise of the North:
South Korean prosecutors have arrested a man for disseminating pro-North Korean videos and text through social networking services, which is a criminal offence in the republic…

Russia’s Lavrov says no swap deals with U.S. on alleged arms dealer:
Russia is not discussing with the United States any possible swap deals concerning the alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, extradited to the United States from Thailand late last year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday…


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